While getting legislation in during the 2018 legislative year didn’t happen, there are supporters in Florida who are looking forward to bringing it to next year’s legislative session. Part of that hope comes from the fact that there are many other states, like New York and New Jersey, who have introduced New Voices legislation. I’m… Continue reading Bringing New Voices to Florida
As a high-school student in Sioux Falls, S.D., Adam Morfeld was threatened with expulsion for distributing a homemade "underground" newspaper. Funny thing about those high-school troublemakers: Sometimes they have long memories. In 2018, state senator Adam Morfeld sat before the Nebraska Senate Judiciary Committee to explain why he's proposing a law (LB 886) to protect… Continue reading ‘Husker Do! Live from Lincoln Senate, students take center stage
The First Amendment: Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances. Freedom of speech, yet we are limited.… Continue reading A Texas student reflects on hitting the Hazelwood ceiling
New Voices of Florida got a jumpstart in St. Petersburg from the Association of Education in Journalism and Mass Communication. The national media education organization's Scholastic Journalism division made New Voices a prominent part of its 2017 midwinter conference. Ben Mullin, managing editor of Poynter.com, gave attendees from Florida, Colorado, Ohio, Iowa, Indiana, and North… Continue reading AEJMC brings New Voices Florida together
By Hillary Aerts DeVoss Let me preface this entry by saying this much: My students have never been punished for anything they’ve produced, nor have they been given a list of topics that they can’t cover. That’s what made this exercise so interesting. When I posted the results on Facebook, which I hadn’t originally intended… Continue reading What would you report on if you could report on anything?
The full story of the New Voices Movement is long, full of plot twists, protagonists and antagonists galore - stretching all the way back to 1969 and Mary Beth Tinker's black arm band. I've had the pleasure and honor of being closely involved with this movement to legislatively counteract Hazelwood, to protect colleges from Hazelwood… Continue reading Four Years In
Cristin Langworthy, a lobbyist and women's rights activist, talks about her experience with censorship and reasons for supporting New Voices legislation. She was interviewed in 2016 by Student Press Law Center Outreach Intern Kelcey Caulder.
Tanvi Kumar, a former Wisconsin high school journalist who was censored for writing a story about rape culture, speaks out about fighting the censorship. A New Voices bill would protect journalists like Tanvi. Video: Brooke Bean. Music: Fall to pieces - Silence by mika (c) 2010. Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution Noncommercial (3.0).
Call it the journalistic equivalent of plastic surgery: Since the U.S. Supreme Court limited high school students’ free expression rights in Hazelwood School District v. Kuhlmeier in 1988, administrators have been requiring students to nip and tuck their stories to be more image-friendly and to toss more controversial articles on the back burner. Fortunately, these… Continue reading “We are giving youth the power to speak:” A high school senior calls for New Voices of Texas
Do you remember the first time you were told that you couldn’t report on something? How your breath stopped short in your chest? The way the light drained from your eyes and anger sparked in your stomach and you knew your cheeks were on fire? The way your eyes never left the floor? The way… Continue reading “Censorship is the kind of thing you never forget:” A college journalist on the need for New Voices